british lancer pistol at 25m


September 5, 2009, 10:20 AM
First shooting with this Indian replica (from TOW), smooth bore .

Loading with 40gr BP, 25gr cornmeal and patched 650 ball .

Recoil is stout but comfortable, aiming (without sights !) 1meter under the target :

All bullets did not touch the paper this time but it seems promising........... next step is adding some front and rear sights .

Here is the authentic one :,victorian-pistol,2070238.html


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September 5, 2009, 12:55 PM
You always shoot very accurate targets. :)

I have the same pistol that I fired with shot and .22 bullets, but not round balls.

September 5, 2009, 01:10 PM
Very pleasant video !

This pistol seems to have many different names : Tower horse pistol / lancer's pistol / pattern or service pistol / etc...

There is also a 577 rifled bore version.

Anybody knows more about the history of this pistol ?


Das Jaeger
September 5, 2009, 02:30 PM
Holy crap , your a ROCKER ! :D ..Right on .
Ummm , nice Proof Test Load you had going on that video , awsome . :D
A Rocker and CRAZY !

Very Cool Video , thanks , I was chucklin the whole time :D

Das Jaeger :evil:

September 5, 2009, 03:22 PM
Haha, absolutely NOT how I expected an arcticap video production to be scored. Barry Manilow maybe, but not THAT! :D

Genuinely gunny stuff.

September 12, 2009, 11:54 AM
Some more test :

I have tried this load : 40gr BP, 60gr cornmeal, wet patched ball 0.650.

What makes a big difference is the "wetting" of the patch : when very wet , the ball goes down with no hammer stroke but if only slightly wet a stroke or 2 of the hammer is necessary : all that has some impact on accuracy.

- When the barrel is 100% clean, i.e. the first shots at the range, there is a lot of vent and hence no compression : recoil is very weak and hit is very low.
- After 2 or 3 shots, fouling gives more compression and recoil is getting stronger and stronger. If patch is getting dry recoil is increasing and it hits higher.

I have dovetailed a rear sight and glued a front sight : now I can aim easily

The first 4 shot demonstrated that I was hitting left so the subsequent 14 shots were adapted : see the 2 different aiming spots( visée) :

First good point : 100% of the shots hitted the paper !!!!

The difficulty is about the regular wetting of the patch among other and some more testing will be necessary........


September 12, 2009, 12:04 PM

You always do very concise and well documented range reports and results with some very interesting pistols. I always look forward to your posts. Keep it up!

Edit: BTW, your sights are really nicely done!

July 29, 2013, 01:35 AM
The same pistol : 6 shot at 25 meters ; I did not dare shooting the 7th ball because the clustering was so good !!!!

Quite impressive when you remember that these pistols were supposed to shoot "a brule pourpoint" ( means so close that it will fire the cloth of the foe !!!)

And another similar from another Indian manufacturer :

shooting duelist at 25m (smoothbore pistol as the other one but bore slightly smaller)

load: 2.3g BP,cornmeal and patched cal.60 ball

After the point of aim was established, all impact are within the drawing.


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